There’s just something really special about these old black and white enamel pieces of furniture. I think it’s in the small details like the beveled doors, the white enamel that’s still so bright after all these years, and the quality of the metal which means that fifty or so years on this cupboard probably doesn’t look that different to when it was first made. That being said there are some signs of age! For starters the clips that allowed the doors to secure are missing, which means that the doors sit slightly ajar, but it’s not very noticeable and if it really does bother you a pair of strong magnets on the corner of each door will probably sort it out. Also the inside of the drawer is quite corroded, but the drawer’s still completely functional, the metal just feels a bit rough to to the touch. And finally the runners for the drawer get a bit sticky at times, but a bit of wiggling and it seems to come right soon enough!
For all its faults there are as many plusses, and if I had the space for this in my new Jozi kitchen or bathroom I’d definitely be hanging onto it! Cupboards like these aren’t that easy to come by any more and you’d be looking at at least double the money for a modern version of the same quality.
Note: The drawer handle is original, bit the cupboard handles aren’t – they’re vintage handles, but are ever so slightly too small for the cupboard which means that you can see the original holes peeking out from behind the handles (see pics under ‘more’).
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